FLASHBACK: The Time Trump Claimed He Took $17M In Storm Insurance Money But Little Damage Reported

A reminder from Law Newz:

As tropical storm Harvey batters its way through Texas, flooding the Gulf Coast at unprecedented levels, it might be interesting to look at President Donald Trump‘s own relationship with hurricanes, or the lack thereof.

In October, The Associated Press reported that the then-candidate claimed to have taken $17 million in insurance money for storm damage to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

“Landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the — you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion,” he said in a 2007 deposition. “It’s still not what it was.”

The Associated Press looked at construction permits from after the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, and only found documentation for small projects, like tree trimming. The only stuff that reportedly appeared hurricane-related was $3,000 to vacuum sand from a beachfront pool, and to fix outdoor lighting.